Policy makers and scientists

Policy makers set the policy framework of an organization, state or even the EU.

The information gathered here may help them to evaluate and decide:

How to use modelling to gain the most out of expensive water quality analysis for decision making?

Where to start when one wants to imply new regulations for WWTP representatives to include novel treatment technologies?


Clean drinking water for everyone

A strategic approach to a sustainable drinking water supply for Åland

Åland Water has put new focus on our strategic and sustainable development work since the autumn of 2016. The process has been linked with two ongoing processes in Åland: the work with a sustainable food strategy for Åland and the Åland Development and Sustainability Agenda, where the goal 3 says “All water is of good quality” (

The process has also developed into a best practice experience within the Central Baltic WATERCHAIN project where Åland Water used this strategic approach to be able to identify suitable measures to reduce nutrients and hazardous substances.

A great effort to lay the foundation for a sustainable drinking water supply for Åland has already been made and we at Åland Water are very pleased with the result.

We have documented our process to help and inspire other actors who want to do similar sustainability work within their organization. A clear vision and defined targets are a prerequisite to be able to start analyze, plan, develop and cooperate for sustainability. Here we describe our vision, our core values ​​and our strategic development goals.

For information about the whole process please see these documents and the film about our work.


Sustainable drinking water supply for Åland

For more information at Åland Water please click here.

Event organizers

How to take water and environmental protection into account?

Rock the Baltic Sea campaign was a part of the Waterchain project. The campaign was initiated to increase awareness of water protection and the Baltic Sea challenges. Porispere festival, which takes place in Pori, Finland, joined the campaign and wanted to update their environmental plan in collaboration with Satakunta University of Applied Sciences. The status of environmental actions was monitored through several visits before, after and during the festival in summer 2017. The following points are gathered from the environmental plan to create an overview of the best practices that can be used by the majority of festivals.


How can I reduce the nutrient load from my fields?

Surface run-off and drainage flow from agricultural fields transport suspended solids and nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus compounds) into receiving waterbodies. The amount of loading depends on several factors, such as the use of fertilizers, field soil type and nutrient content, sloppiness, vegetation and climate.

Good agricultural practices and use of right load reduction methods can mitigate loading into waterbodies. However, choosing the best water protection measure might be difficult The decision support tool (Excel) helps you to select suitable methods for your particular field or farming area.

How to use the decision support tool?

The tool contains a set of different load reduction methods and questions that help you to choose an appropriate method for your field. If you wish to reduce the number of optional methods, you may use the filter options in the upper part of the table. For more information on methods of interest, use the links to information sheets in the rightmost column. Note: The decision support tool is only meant to be instructive. The consultation of an expert prior to actions is recommended.